Cricket Australia selector George Bailey has backed limited-overs captain Aaron Finch, who missed out on an IPL contract this year, to continue at his role even during the T20 World Cup later this year. According to the former captain and current national selector, Finch has ‘terrific’ numbers in the format to back him up despite all the ‘white noise’ around his captaincy.
Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak, Aaron Finch’s form hasn’t been the same. Be it the IPL or the BBL or even donning the Australia jersey. With scores of 1 and 12 in the T20I series against New Zealand so far, Finch’s form that was already under the scanner is now being criticised even more.
“He’s got a terrific average, he’s the captain of this side and he’ll be the captain of this side at the World Cup. It’s just complete white noise for me,” Bailey said.
Meanwhile, former national selector Mark Waugh has been critical of Finch and clarified that to be in the team he needs to pick his batting form up.
“His job is to score runs… no batsman is immune from being dropped when you’re not scoring runs, doesn’t matter if you’re captain or not,” said Waugh.
Bailey, who is one among three selectors for Australian cricket, is the only selector on tour in New Zealand with Finch’s side. The Melbourne Renegades captain in the BBL, Aaron Finch, averaged just 13.76 with just 179 runs in 13 games with a highest score of 39.
“He was pretty zonked [in the BBL]. But he tried to do the right thing and get back to help a young (Melbourne) Renegades side. His reflection on that was that he probably should’ve sat longer out and come back a bit fresher,” Bailey said.
Despite his poor batting form, Bailey is confident that Finch has a lot to offer as captain and batsman in the upcoming T20 World Cup in India.
“He’d be in the top five or 10 leading run-scorers, and if he doesn’t have the highest strike-rate amongst them he’d be absolutely close. And he’s done it very, very consistently for Australia over a long period of time, and will continue to do so into the future,” Bailey added.
Australia are 2-0 behind in the 5-match T20I series against New Zealand and the third fixture is scheduled to be played in Wellington on Wednesday (March 3).